If you want to boost your energy levels, you have to avoid energy zapping food! I’m excited to share food that will drain your energy during my segment on The Morning Show. The segment aired September 24, 2018, at 8:50 a.m.
Energy Zapping Food 1: White bread, pasta, bagels, muffins
Anything made of refined flour or grains will deplete your overall energy levels. When grains are processed, the fibre-containing bran and the nutrient-rich germ are removed. Without the bran, grains are quickly metabolized into sugar. This causes a temporary spike in blood sugar and insulin levels followed by a drop in energy levels. The germ contains energizing nutrients like B vitamins that you don’t want to miss out on.
Stick to whole grains like oats, quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, and millet.
Energy Zapping Food 2: Fried food
Have you ever wanted to have a nap after eating fast food? This is because fried food is difficult to digest as it is full of unhealthy fat. Your body channels the energy you would have gained from eating into breaking down the denatured fats. Your body then has to pull stored nutrients to neutralise the acidic environment. This further drains your energy levels.
Try baking your food in coconut oil as it contains lots of health benefits and doesn’t denature in high heat.
Energy Zapping Food 3: Foods with added sugar
Breakfast cereal, granola bars, yoghurt, fancy coffee beverages, juice, pop, candy, and other foods that are high in sugar will drain your energy. Sugar causes blood levels to spike, which allows for a temporary energy boost, but then a crash follows, which will leave you feeling
It is so important to read labels and avoid overly sweetened foods.
Energy Zapping Food 4: Low calorie and “diet” foods
Low-calorie foods and foods containing artificial sweeteners can cause a huge drop in energy levels. Restricting your calorie intake by consuming these highly processed foods can cause the body to go into “starvation mode” where your metabolism shuts down and your energy levels drop.
If you are worried about your calorie intake, focus on eating nutrient-dense, low-calorie, whole foods, like vegetables.
Eat your way to high energy levels
In my course Eat Clean for Energy, I explain how the macro and micronutrients in the food you eat directly correlate to the amount of energy that’s available to you. From healthy fats to adaptogens, essential vitamins and balancing blood sugar levels, I break it down and shows which foods zap energy and which foods make it soar.